[ dih-streyn ]
/ dɪˈstreɪn /
verb (used with object)
to constrain by seizing and holding goods, etc., in pledge for rent, damages, etc., or in order to obtain satisfaction of a claim.
to levy a distress upon.
verb (used without object)
to levy a distress.
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Origin of distrain
OTHER WORDS FROM distrain
dis·train·a·ble, adjectivedis·train·ee, noundis·train·ment, noundis·trai·nor, dis·train·er, noun
Words nearby distrain
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British Dictionary definitions for distrainee (1 of 2)
/ (ˌdɪstreɪˈniː) /
law a person whose property has been seized by way of distraint
British Dictionary definitions for distrainee (2 of 2)
/ (dɪˈstreɪn) /
law to seize (personal property) by way of distress
Derived forms of distraindistrainable, adjectivedistrainment, noundistrainor or distrainer, noun
Word Origin for distrain
C13: from Old French destreindre, from Latin distringere to impede, from dis- 1 + stringere to draw tight
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